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Do you like travellers who fully dress up?

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1. Posted by orienteyec (Full Member 84 posts) 11y

Well, I noticed that most of travellerpoint-ers are backpackers, but to be honest I have never done it. I have to totally dress up when I travel, I guess it's just a attitude I have towards life. On the other hand, I usually go for politics, history and city life, so I don't really need confortable shoes for a long journey and stuff. Well, so, what's your "mode" when you are on the way?

2. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 11y

Well....if I'm backpacking it's casual atire, although I usually bring one good outfit with me in case an occasion calls for it. I also lay off the make-up.

If I'm doing the regular travel thing, I dress how I would on any given day. Day: Nice jeans or nice-but-not-too-dressy pants, stylin' shirt and comfortable shoes (probably not sneakers....comfortable flats or a small kitten heel). Night: Depends where I'm going! Dressy pants (or even nicer jeans if I can get away with it), fun shoes (usually a heel or boot) and a snazzy top. And make-up for both day and night :)

In transit, I try and stay comfy. If I'm taking a bus, I'm in my joggers and sneakers...but anything else day-wear would do.

Now, I haven't had to travel for work yet, but if I did I would dress professional.

Cheers,
Katie ;)

3. Posted by Rraven (Travel Guru 5924 posts) 11y

i always dress comfortable, for work i have to be very professional so outside i tend to dress down, nice trousers or jeans and dressy or sports tops..... when backpacking i tend to stick to combats for the day which zip off at the knee ( handy for hot weather etc or having to cover up in remore areas quickly), and various baggy t-shirts by day, in honest i tend to look relaxed when i'm away. at night if its a nightclub or restaurant i'd dress up but otherwise just jeans and a slim t......and if i'm in a hot climate no make up at all .....

as for other travellers - well no one needs to be babysitted so they can really wear what ever they want, you're supposed to wear whatever makes you comfortable without offending the locals.....

i'm probably in awe of those who do dress up because i'd prefer to spend that time outside exploring...and i don't like to get my 'good / nice'' clothes messy and i never know where i end up when i'm away so i don't bring them....

4. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Hmm. I've never seen a naked traveller. Oh, except that elderly lady on a beach in Spain.

I don't dress up when I'm travelling, either, even if I'm staying at the same hotel for a week and I thought to pack some nicer clothes in my bag. I even start off wearing eyeliner, like at home, and then give that up too. I don't know why - I've always done it. I'll wear the same jeans for a week, they're just so comfortable, right up until they get that strange 'potato' smell of unwashed clothes. I think it has to do with just fully being myself when I travel, as comfortable and "natural" as possible.

I once saw a tourist in Paris wearing stiletto heels, walking around Notre Dame. I limped in sympathy...

5. Posted by dougj (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y

whatever's comfortable and can withstand the abuse of being active 8+ hours a day.
usually hiking shoes, cargos or jeans, tshirt/sweater/jacket.
when i'm backpacking i only pack 4 or 5 days worth of clothes. i do throw in a nice shirt and make sure i have pants i can get away with wearing at a more upscale place.

6. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

I prefer to dress down, especially for the beach ... but otherwise I dress to suit the occasion...

7. Posted by Kingwindle (Respected Member 301 posts) 11y

I'm off to South America. Buenos Aires aside (which sounds like its almost a European city!) I will be going all about. In general do you all think it is worth taking one ok pair of jeans, a shirt of some sort for those smartish occasions you may encounter on the way, even though I will hopefully be roughing it??

8. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 11y

Depends on what you want to do in Buenos Aires. It is a VERY cosmopolitan city and the Portenos (people from Buenos Aires) like to dress up and go out to clubs. If you want to go out and hit the discos and trendy restaurants and such, you should bring a nice pair of clothes. If you just want to hit the tourist sites and see the city without getting into the night life culture, you won't need to dress up as much.

Greg

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I hate dressing up/properly, even in real life - i've even turned up for job interviews wearing jeans (and once shorts) before and a wedding with trainers held together with duct tape, although not entirely intentionally. Work is very casual anyway (and often involves outdoors stuff), so my store of posh clothes isn't exactly large.

I just try and be comfortable and as warm as needed. Don't object to being smart casual-ish, providing it's still comfortable etc, but i won't make any special effort, and as i travel light, rarely have many options anyway!

Have no problem with people that do dress up to travel though.

10. Posted by tresham (Full Member 67 posts) 11y

I'm not a dress up person either, and in July I will be heading out on my first back packing trip. (but does it count if I use a little wheely carry on case ?) Still trying to decide if I should invest in 2 good packs or if I make do with our current carry ons, or have 1 of each...)My 18 year old has slight scoliosis, and isn't very strong.... As for dressing up... think it would be hard if backpacking to have *dress up clothes* I do plan to pack one dress and sandles for when we do the theatre in London..but other wise it's shorts and t-shirts....and whatever else is needed. I admire people who know how to dress...I can never seem to pull it off.....